This policy dossier is part of a series of analyses of the financial instruments available to the European Social Union (ESU). The Health Programme is an EU fund which fosters cooperation among EU countries in the Health field. The dossier will deal with the Health Programme history, policy goals, budget, and visibility.
«The new tools of enforcing "discipline", austerity and control are widely recognized to be counterproductive in their effects. But they are the only tools the EU, driven by a constant and no doubt realistic fear of the disasters the "markets" may inflict upon its stability, has at its disposal and which are within the reach of the intergovernmental making of treaties between EU member states»